Face masks are one of the most decadent cosmetic treatments you can buy from the shelves. High end, lower or even homemade; once you’ve found your perfect match your skin will never be the same. Yet some of these miracle potions come with a hefty price tag.
At 99p per mask, H&M steps in with cheap concoctions that promise deep cleaning, hydration and refreshed skin. It all seems a little too good to be true, but I have a confession to make…
I absolutely adore these budget face masks! At 99p and from a retailer that isn’t exactly known for a fabulous beauty range, you might not expect much. Of course, expectation management is key. I can’t say they’re packed full of natural goodies or they’re the best face masks on the market, but they certainly are worth check out.
With a bottle and wine and two test subjects, my flatmate, the neighbour and I put these bargain beauties to the test. Here’s a few individual reviews that may help you narrow down your choice.
Raspberry Smoothie Pore Cleansing Mask
This smells incredible. Instead of a synthetic fruity scent, this mask smells like a fresh punit of berries, which is very reassuring.
It is easy to apply, but I did come across a few lumps. I had to wait a little longer than the estimated 15 minutes for this to dry, which personally I didn’t mind.
As soon as you apply water to this mask, it dehydrates and feels exactly like it did when you reapplied. This did make it rather troublesome to remove, but the rejuvenated feeling of my skin afterwards made the whole ordeal worth it.
Dead Sea Mineral Mask
This one is my favourite out of the whole bunch. I walk to work in the cold mornings and my skin takes an absolute battering. This amazing face mask made my skin so unbelievably smooth and nourished that I didn’t even have to moisturise the next day.
The application is excellent and the smell is gorgeous, like fresh washed sheets. I would have thought this mask could have been drying, because when you think of the dead sea, you immediately think of salt. However, this is not the case, as my skin felt even better than it did when I used the raspberry smoothie.
Coconut Water Moisture Mask
“Put that one in the fridge, that’s what I do when I know I’m going to be hungover!” A top tip from one of the Manchester Arndale team and oh gosh was he right! Whilst they’re cold on the skin, it almost adds to the sense of fresh, clean skin.
With coconut and shea butter, you’d think this was ok for sensitive skin, but my flatmate seemed to struggle. Whilst there was no lasting impact and her skin felt soft afterwards, she did suffer a wave of redness covering her face. This is of course just her skin and no reflection of how everyone would react, but it’s worth baring in mind if you have troublesome skin.
Manuka Honey Peel Off Mask
My neighbor, a face mask virgin, struggled with this mask. As the mask is quite clear he couldn’t see where he had already applied it. We helped, but he’d already made quite a mess of it! Perhaps this isn’t one for novices.
Again, the estimated drying time was a little off, but the results were worth the wait. I’d say this was better at pore cleaning than the raspberry smoothie mask, as you can see the dirt being lifted off your skin.
H&M stock loads more face masks for all skin types and since they’re so cheap you can afford to try quite a few out, to find the perfect one for your skin.